Sonic boom? Shallow earthquake?
Locals in Saffron Walden, Essex, called 999 at 8pm on Sunday to report an earthquake after homes shook, furniture moved and windows rattled. Two loud bangs resounded through the medieval town, prompting suggestions that there had been a plane crash or a meteorite landing nearby.
Noises were heard as far as six miles away in Thaxted and residents of Haverhill, Cambs., 13 miles away reported thuds, moving furniture and shaking houses.
I once experienced a shallow earthquake in the Spokane, Washington area that fits this description perfectly. A terrific, really loud bang accompanied by shaking of the house and rattling of dishes in the cupboard. We thought there had been an explosion.
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